MATTER OF TIME
21.11.08 - 30.11.08
Thurs - Sun, 12 - 6pm
Private View: Thursday 20.11.08, 6 - 9 pm
James Taylor Gallery, Collent Street (off Well Street), London E9 6SQ
Elisabetta Alazraki | Craig Andrews | Cecile Azoulay | Jacqueline Bebb | Adam Thomas | Clive A Brandon | Bianca Brunner | Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth in collaboration with Haroon Mirza | David Raymond Conroy | Kathryn Ferguson | Jesús Jiménez | Alastair Levy | Paulmart | Phil Smiley | Sunshine Republic | They are Here
A china wholesaler, a butchers and even a storage garage; The James Taylor building has been subjected to many transformations since its establishment in the heart of Hackney during the Victorian era. Naturally, it is fitting that the monumental 10,000-square-feet building's definitive purpose, before its arranged destruction early next year, echoes the proverbial pun which implies all derelict warehouses will one day become art galleries.
Five Storey Projects is pleased to present Matter of Time , a group exhibition of selected new works by fifteen artists. The James Taylor building itself has spawned the utilitarian context of a theme and encouraged active engagement with its spatiality, its raw material state, its history and its location. The artists' interpretations of the concept created various distinct and exciting outcomes.
Among the featured artists, Cecile Azoulay chooses to experiment with elements from the deterioration of time and tradition through manipulations of manufactured objects set within the building's framework. Manifestations of manipulation, composed as a three-part installation, also emerge through an intervention in photography, proposed landscapes, and a performative tour produced by Clive A Brandon.
Craig Andrews re-represents the seductive and expansive space by revealing unseen scenarios and creating alternative hypothesises that transform the original subject. Paulmart experiments with sculptural language, questioning the nostalgia and unobtrusive objects inherent in history and architecture. They are Here , in collaboration with a child's imagination, reproduce an imminent ideal construction to occupy the vacant space. Fantasy and reality mingle with the adjacent neighbourhood's abandoned courtyard to produce Bianca Brunner's photographic Hidden and White Rabbit .
In parallel, Elisabetta Alazraki interacts directly with the building itself by revealing a humorous and fun installation that generates mortal irony towards the dilapidated James Taylor Building's near future renovations.
Various events will be held during the ten day-long exhibition which will give rise to a sense of volatility and mutability in order to provide a non-static element to the exhibition. The events will consist of a sound performance by improvised noise outfit Sunshine Republic during the opening night, a panel discussion with a leading critic, a performative artist's talk by David Raymond Conroy and a walk in the area led by Clive A Brandon.